This is going to be a really vague review since I'm trying not to give away any particularly important plot points (unlike the little bastard reviewers at Amazon). If you want to talk about it in depth, PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL!--andi (dot) miller (at) gmail (dot) com. So, here we go...
WOW! What a freakin' wild ride. I have to say, this latest book is stunning. Meyer continues the story of Bella, Edward and Jacob in the biggest book of the series, weighing in at a daunting 756 pages. As usual, Bella is clumsy, Edward is beautiful (annoyingly so at times), and Jacob is far less manipulative and whiny than he was in Eclipse. He's still my literary crush. I *heart* Jacob Black. There, I said it. Like most fans, I had a particular type of book in mind for this fourth installment. I had my predictions and a certain plot laid out in my head from the moment I turned the last page of Eclipse.
And did Stephenie Meyer give it to me?? Uhhh, yeah. And then some. Quite honestly, she took this book in directions I never would've guessed at and elevated her characters to a level of emotional maturity that most fans would probably not anticipate. Again, see the reviews at Amazon (if you don't mind spoilers)...the teeny boppers are pissed that she didn't stick to their plan.
While many reviewers are saying that this book just doesn't fit with the others and that the characters did things that were out of their norm, I disagree. I think Stephenie Meyer kept them pretty well in character but put them in situations that were quite shocking in some respects. It's hard to explain, but this book seemed to move quicker even though there was less action. There was a lot of waiting around and dialogue, but overall I found it an incredibly quick and absorbing read. Biggest complaint: something of an anticlimactic ending. You'll see. Not horrible, just not as much flash as I expected.
I generally have some issues with Ms. Meyer's writing (some of it makes me cringe at times), but she tells an involving tale that I couldn't quickly pull myself out of. When I finished it yesterday afternoon I had to take a nap. I felt like I'd run a marathon.
Read it! Just do it. You know your curiosity is clawing at you.
And while you're out blog reading, stop over at Tammy's blog, Under a Blood Red Sky, and read her response to the hoo-hah over at Amazon. As Tammy so expertly put it:
I get the feeling that most of these teens had the plot carefully planned in their own heads, and when Meyer decided to deviate from those pipe dreams, their worlds were shattered, making her THE WORST AUTHOR EVER. OMG, how are we all going to live? It won't do a bit of good to remind them that ultimately, they got what they wanted, because Meyer threw in some curves that took them on a ride they didn't meet the height requirement for.
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